This stopped me in my tracks: The No. 1 question kids ask at AskKids.com is “What is love?” Ask reports. I was glad to find, upon doing that search myself in the children’s edition of this natural-language search engine, this first result: “The definition of love is a deep, tender, ineffable feeling of affection and solicitude toward a person, such as that arising from kinship, recognition of attractive qualities, or a sense of underlying oneness…” from the American Heritage Dictionary. (The No. 2 question kids ask? “Where can I find ideas for a science project?”) The No. 1 parenting question at Ask.com could almost be considered a flipside of kids’ top one: “How can I help my child deal with a bully?” The rest of the parental Top 5 are “How can I help my child like school?”, “How do I keep my child safe on the Internet?”, “How should my child deal with peer pressure?”, and “What immunizations will my child need for school?”, respectively. If, instead of just clicking on “Search” on the home page, you click on “Lots of Answers” above it, you apparently get a slightly different set of results – based more on authority than popularity (Ask’s people say its algorithms look for sources such as “education sites, accredited institutions, newspapers, etc.” and “relevancy to the question”).
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NetFamilyNews – by Anne Collier
- Zooming in on social norms (sidebar)
- Beginning of the end of #purge, revenge porn or social cruelty?
- For our kids & ourselves: Presence in a digital age
- Manage Net risk but focus more on opportunities: Researchers
- Proposed ‘rightful’ framework for Internet safety
- Social media in Saudi schools … sort of
- Textbook case of what NOT to do in teen sexting cases
- Breadth of videogames’ benefits to kids may surprise
Analysis & News – by Larry Magid
- Don’t let stalkers or abusers and creeps track your phone’s location
- Let’s stop persecuting ‘Auschwitz selfie girl’ for smiling at a camera
- EFF launches free Privacy Badger for Firefox and Chrome to block hidden trackers
- Privacy and security tips for newly-minted college students
- Google to stop labeling apps with in-app purchases as ‘free’
- Home automation and ‘Internet of things’ is great — but think about privacy and security
- Time for public to weigh in on ‘net neutrality’
- The ‘real world’ is a lot more dangerous than cyberspace